Woolfest

Woolfest 2018

Where has the year gone, Woolfest 2018 is only 3 weeks away, Woolfest 2017 was the event that I launched the Hawkshaw Sheep yarn business. What a year it has been for the business, when I rocked up for Woolfest last year, after getting the sheep settled, I set to getting my stand set up, being the first time I had ever had to do this, it took me almost 6 hours!!! with still some bits needing done first thing the next morning. That first event was a huge huge learning curve, firstly setting up, then when the customers started to arrive, I found it incredibly difficult to approach them to tell them about my lovely yarns and the provenance behind them, I did get better at this as the day wore on and the next day was definitely easier. Taking the stand down, I had intended to put everything away neatly and in its proper place, the reality was somewhat different, everything just got chucked into the nearest available box and packed into my trailer as quickly as possible, so I could start the long drive home.

Where has the year gone, Woolfest 2018 is only 3 weeks away, Woolfest 2017 was the event that I launched the Hawkshaw Sheep yarn business. What a year it has been for the business, when I rocked up for Woolfest last year, after getting the sheep settled, I set to getting my stand set up, being the first time I had ever had to do this, it took me almost 6 hours!!! with still some bits needing done first thing the next morning. That first event was a huge huge learning curve, firstly setting up, then when the customers started to arrive, I found it incredibly difficult to approach them to tell them about my lovely yarns and the provenance behind them, I did get better at this as the day wore on and the next day was definitely easier. Taking the stand down, I had intended to put everything away neatly and in its proper place, the reality was somewhat different, everything just got chucked into the nearest available box and packed into my trailer as quickly as possible, so I could start the long drive home.

I did another three events in 2017, and everything got much easier, setting up was only taking two to four hours depending on the set up and how far I had to carry everything from my van, I also changed the system I used for transporting the yarn, I was using large plastic storage boxes which I could only carry one at a time, to large zipped storage bags, which not only held more yarn meant I could carry two at a time, so less trips back to the van. Also I don't feel at all self conscious about approaching potential customers.   

This year I have already done three yarn events before Woolfest, and have four others confirmed and another two possibles. The business has done quite well during its first year, I'm so looking forward to my second year, I will have new yarn batches and also an exciting new development happening, but I can't reveal yet what that is, you will have to watch this space to see what it is.

After the appalling winter we endured here at Hawkshaw HQ, I have been very pleasantly surprised at how my sheep came through it, they have all lambed easily with a high proportion of twins, the ewes, with the exception of one or two have had plenty of milk. The sheep could really do with a lovely summer now to get some weight back on and grow their lambs. As I write this blog we have had about 10 days of Summer weather, which has lifted both animal and human spirits.


Until next time


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